DISCOVER AUSTIN MN | Meet the Scientists

Educational experiences at the Hormel Institute come in all shapes and sizes! Tours are hands-on and interactive and are important to help increase knowledge of STEM education and The Hormel Institute’s research.

Experiences include visits to labs to hear from scientists, viewing protozoa and other samples under the microscopes, 3-D stations, experiments with liquid nitrogen and dry ice, learning about the Institute’s Cryo-EM microscope (one of the most powerful microscopes in the world), and opportunities to learn about the Institute’s history, mission, and work. We request that all tours be scheduled a minimum of 2-3 weeks in advance and Educational Experiences at least one month in advance.

Educational tours can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the activities you would like to participate in. Each event starts with background information on The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and our 80-plus years of rich history.